Thanks to WrestlingINC.com reader David Francisco for sending in these detailed results from last night's SmackDown live event in Lisbon, Portugal:
The SmackDown World Tour made it's last stop in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday at 6:00 pm. Around 5500 people attended, which is good. They haven't been here in 4 years, and the last time they did, when Triple H and Undertaker were part of the main event, only around 4000 people attended.
The show started with a 10 minute delay due to, I guess, some technical difficulties with the video system. There was no video entrances in the first half of the show, and the videos on the second half were having a little trouble. Weird, WWE shows always start on time.
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Prime Time Players
Rey Mysterio was out first, to the roar of the crowd. Sin Cara didn't had nearly the reaction Rey did. The Prime Time Players got out to massive heat, and really connected with the crowd. They are getting better and better at what they do. The match was fun: the high-flyers got their routine in, and the Prime Time Players did their dance and goofy stuff to the delight and hatred of the crowd. After a Rey's 619 and a Senton Bomb by Sin Cara, the masked team got the victory and they celebrated doing the Million Dollar Dance. Really fun. Oh, and about what you're thinking: Sin Cara didn't botch at all! Actually, the only botch was a missed low dropkick by Mysterio.
R-Truth vs. El Local
I know that here in the website it was said he was announced as the El Botchera, but I'm pretty sure he announced as El Local. R-Truth came out first doing his rap. Here comes El Local to no reaction, which was expected due to the crowd not knowing who he was. R-Truth got the win with a Little Jimmy in a match that did not quite get the crowd into it. It was "What's Up?" sometimes, and some "Ricardo" chants.
When R-Truth was celebrating in the ramp, The Miz attacked him. He did a promo in English in which he said he was leaving the awful place as the Intercontinental Champion and then said, in portuguese, "Shut up! I'll will beat Kofi! I'll be the new Intercontinental Champion! Because I'm the Miz and I'm Awesome!". Not just some words, entire sentences. Sweet.
Justin Gabriel vs. Wade Barrett
Justin Gabriel comes out, the kids pop, but it was not compared to the reaction his opponent got. Wade Barrett was cheer by most of the crowd in Portugal. And he was enjoying it. There were Barrett chants throughout the match, and it ended with the Souvenir Elbow (that now has another name, it looks like). I liked Gabriel, though: he doesn't abuse his high-flying arsenal, which is great, and tries to connect with the crowd in other ways.
Kaitlyn vs. Natalya
It's divas match time. Kaytin and Natalya came out both to cheers, although Natalya clearly had a snob, heel attitude. The crowd was not loud during this matvh, but they were into in. It was a really good, 10 minute match. Really. It's a shame the girls don't get the time to do this kind of work in television. In the end, Natalya rolled Kaytin out with the Bret Hart Roll, but Kaitlyn reversed it for the win. Kaytin is getting better in the ring, and Natalya was the ring general that she can be. Damn, Kaitlyn is so much hotter live.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton
Ricardo interrups Kaitlyn celebration and some cheers come out. Ricardo takes the microphone out of Chimel's hands and we all now what's coming. Here comes Alberto Del Rio! Everyone boos him, and the crowd was into it, which setted up the biggest pop of the night: out comes Randy Orton. It was a 20 minutes match, and not a boring match what-so-ever. Randy Orton is so much fun on house shows, and celebrates a lot more with the crowd. Maybe because he does not have to be intense in television. Ricardo got involved a lot in the match, and the crowd hated him and Alberto for that. In the end, while the referee was not looking, Ricardo was holding Orton in the corner for the Enziguri. Alberto runs for the kick but Orton steps aside and Alberto hits Ricardo. Alberto turns and receives the RKO. The crowd roared. My favorite detail of the match? Alberto Del Rio, while on the corner in his entrance, pointed to the people in the cheaper seats and said and gestured that they are poor because they don't have the money to be at the ringside seats. Loved it.
Commercial brake time. There are some Daniel Bryan and some Yes chants throughout the show. There's Charles Robinson and another ref I've never seen in my life. And I'm sad, because I would not be seeing Fandago for the first time. Buh.
Ted DiBiase vs. Jack Swagger
They came out and the crowd was indifferent. Boy, was this different from what happened in the end. It was really interesting to see how they would get the crowd attention and excitement. The card played was the Gangnam Style dance. Ted DiBiase did it once and the crowd loved it. Jack Swagger was livid because DiBiase was mocking him, dancing while he was not looking. They did it: the crowd was into it. The match ended when DiBiase jumped of the corner and landed bad on his leg, setting up the Ankle Lock by Swagger, which gave him the win. It was cool to see Swagger with a smile on his face. Man, he is huge.
Intercontinental Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz
Best match of the show. They were great at it, and the crowd was so much into it. There were split chants throughout the match. It started with a lot of the fans chanting "Miz is Awesome". They looked surprised in the ring: Kofi was talking to fans (me included) saying "Really? You like him?" while Miz was dancing to the tune of the chants. The kids soon started countering the chants, which provided and awesome and really fun "Miz is Awesone/Kofi Kingston" chant. The two guys in the ring didn't disappoint, and gave and awesome match, with nothing bad I can say about it. Kofi got the win with the Trouble in Paradise kick, and the place erupted. So great seeing these guys having fun and doing what they do best, and a crowd that was loving it and making it great.
Big Show comes first, hated, and then Sheamus, with a great ovation. It was a normal match between the two, but I feel that they could do more. They relied to much on the crowd rooting for Sheamus, which was not as strong as one can suppose, because we were tired from the Kofi vs. Miz match. Maybe if they opened the second half with them and put DiBiase vs. Swagger before the main event the reaction to Sheamus would have been better, because the crowd would have rested. I don't know, I'm not an agent, and I'm sure they had their reasons to do the card like that. The truth is the match was near to become boring, and I was disappointed at it. The match ended when Big Show realized Sheamus was coming with the Brogue Kick and pulled the referee in front of him, which caused Sheamus to stop. The referee was not thrilled to be put in harms way and disqualified Big Show on the spot. Big Show gets angry, sets up the KO Punch, but Sheamus ducks and hits the Brogue Kick. The crowd cheers and Sheamus celebrates with them, before leaving the stage. All this time, Big Show was in the ring and did not move. The music stops, the lights get turned on and Chimel says thank you and good night. All of the sudden, Big Show wakes up and stands up in a move, with his hands in a boxing style, and asks "did I win?". Funny as hell. The ref says he didn't, he picks up his title and leaves with his chin up, snob style. Hilarious. Not as much as annoying him through the match with "Forty-Five" chants, though. He went mad at them.
Overall, it was a good house show. To me, it was good enough for them to want to be back. Let's hope they do. And if you've never been to a live show before, try it. It is such a unique experience.